Useful Plants

Useful Plants

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...importance, for rice is a grain hardly inferior to wheat itself in nutritional value, and one that might be cultivated far more extensively in this country, to very great advantage. My own experiments have had in view the possibility of the development of the American wild rice '('Zz'2am'a aquatical of the northern lake regions. This, however, is not a true rice, being classified as Zizania, while rice belongs to the genus Oryza. Some twenty years ago I desired to undertake such an experiment, and sent to many places in the United States to get seed of the best varieties. But although I Secured seed of the wild rice, my experiment, I regret to say never got beyond the preliminary stages, because the seed would never germinate. After testing it in successive years I was convinced that the seed of the wild rice must be gathered fresh for planting. For its improvement it would be necessary for men with boats to watch individual plants, and gather seed for immediate planting. The fact that the plant grows in the water accounts, no doubt, for this unusual quality of the seed, as it will not germinate after once being dried like other grains. It grows always in standing water, and is generally collected by the Indians, who are extremely fond of it. They go out in canoes when the wild rice is ripe, and bending the rice over their canoes thresh it from the heads into the boat. During the last year a well-known San Francisco grain firm had collected some of the wild rice and kept it moist, and they expect to make a successful introduc tion of it in this State. Conceivably a commercial variety of importance might be developed that would be better adapted to the American climate than the oriental rice. I hope even yet to be able to make the...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236853830
  • 9781236853837